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We would love to share some of your stories whether they are about personal experiences on treatment, in fundraising, or anything else you would like to share. Send your stories and photos to info@candlelighters.org.uk. © Karen Turner Photography, header image.

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Meet Maisie
17-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD! ‘My daughter Maisie was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic leukaemia) in September 2018 when she was just 19 months old. She is in maintenance now, hoping to complete treatment in November this year. She has been treated in Leeds LGI and supported by Airedale community nurses too. She has …
Company of the Month… Caddick Group!
15-09-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
This month’s Company of the Month is Caddick Group! In the last 18 months, the Caddick Group have donated over £21,000 to Candlelighters. This began with their decision to fund a day at Candlelighters in February 2019. This year, the Caddick Group hosted the incredible ‘Moment In Time’ Ball on February 29th, raising £12,000 for …
14-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  ‘Harry was diagnosed with Neuroblastoma cancer stage 4 in November 2011, aged four. He’d had intermittent pain in his legs, pain in his tummy and high temperatures a few weeks before diagnosis. After several trips to the doctors and A&E, he finally had an ultrasound scan which spotted his …
The Square, our family support centre which was due to open next week, will no longer be re-opening as planned.
11-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
In light of many discussions and updates that you may have seen over the past few days, it is with great sadness that The Square, our family support centre which was due to open next week, will no longer be re-opening as planned. As you may have seen, Leeds along with other surrounding areas is …
Meet Leighton
10-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  ‘Hi my name is Leighton and I am eight years old. I was diagnosed with a brain tumour on my brain stem in February 2019 called Medulloblastoma which was re-categorised after removal, to a large cell Anaplastic Medulloblastoma. Before I was diagnosed I had really bad headaches, was sick …
Meet Joseph
07-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE. BE BOLD. BE GOLD! ‘This is our family. Our son, Joseph, was diagnosed with high-risk Neuroblastoma when he was three. He finished treatment but later relapsed and died age seven, leaving an enormous hole in our hearts.  No matter what life threw at him, he always had a cheeky smile and infectious giggle. …
Meet Eli and his Mum Naomi.
07-09-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
BE BRAVE, BE BOLD, BE GOLD!  ‘This is Eli, he is three years old. He was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL) on the 18th of September 2019. It was the worst day of my life. I initially took him to hospital and he was diagnosed with acute tonsillitis, which he just never got better …
‘I’m looking forward to being able to come back into The Square once the go-ahead is given, but I’m certainly being looked after in the meantime and appreciate the fantastic virtual sessions that have been provided.’
26-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Clare has been a part of our Candlelighters family for just over seven years. Here’s her story and how Candlelighters are still supporting Clare and her family throughout the pandemic. “I’m Mummy to Neve and Belle, twin girls born in November 2012. In May 2013 both my girls were diagnosed with Infant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia …
Company of the Month… Bettys Bakery and Cookery School!
21-08-20Our stories • Posted by Gaby Stead
This month’s Company of the Month is Bettys Bakery and Cookery School! Bettys Bakery and Cookery School, based in Harrogate, chose to support Candlelighters in October 2019 and the team set a huge target to raise £14,000 for Candlelighters over their year of fundraising, through various initiatives including staff sales, challenges and raffles. They have …
Meet Melissa
11-08-20Our stories • Posted by Helena Fewkes
Melissa was diagnosed with an Orbital Rhabdomyosarcoma last Summer and had nine cycles of chemotherapy as well as 25 sessions of proton therapy away from home in Germany. Melissa had just rung the bell to celebrate finishing treatment when Covid-19 hit and lockdown happened. This meant that all of the things she’d been planning, that …

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